With the major influx of commitments the Maryland Terrapins 2015 football class has had over the month of June (ten through 23 days so far) Coach Edsall has to be feeling pretty pleased right now. The overall class has shot up to 29th nationally, and sixth in the Big Ten according to 247sports.com, and has gained some solid talent; that’s up from the year prior, where the Terrapins were 44th in the nation. Obviously things change as more and more big name players head to the powerhouse schools, but it’s not a bad start at all to year four of the Edsall era.
As I was c0mparing these classes, though, I started thinking about which locations Edsall and his coaching staff have been hitting the hardest during his regime. Is there a specific area Edsall likes the most? I’m a big fan of heat-maps, so obviously you folks will benefit from this the most:
These are just the totals from each state, and here are the raw numbers (year-by-year):
And the top six states that Edsall & Co. have focused on:
1.) Maryland: 30
2.) Pennsylvania: 10
3.) Florida: 8
4.) Washington, D.C. : 7
5.) Virginia: 6
6.) Georgia: 5
It shouldn’t be shocking that Edsall has hit up the border states the most (PA, DC, and VA), but it is impressive that he’s been able to poach strong talent from the south as well. He’s gotten 13 recruits combined from Florida and Georgia, with most coming later on in his tenure when he’s been able to establish connections. Those two combined surpass Pennsylvania (Esdall’s most familiar territory), and tie DC and VA. That’s great news for Maryland, as SEC territory is almost unarguably the most talent-laden area of the US.
Obviously, Edsall still has a bit of work to do in the Midwest and West, but all things considered he’s done pretty well extending the Terrapins footprint slowly but surely. Now there are recruits coming in from Texas, California and finally Ohio. The only regression evident is in North Carolina; Edsall brought in four guys in 2011, but zero since.
We’ll continue to update this data every time we add a recruit, so for now enjoy the map, discuss below!